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Unit of competency details

MEA116 - Apply work health and safety procedures at supervisor level in aviation maintenance (Release 1)

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1 (this release) 12/Feb/2015


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Qualifications that include this unit

CodeSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Code columnTitleSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Title columnUsage RecommendationRelease
MEA50418 - Diploma of Aviation Maintenance Management (Mechanical)Diploma of Aviation Maintenance Management (Mechanical)Superseded
MEA40922 - Certificate IV in Aircraft Surface FinishingCertificate IV in Aircraft Surface FinishingCurrent
MEA40915 - Certificate IV in Aircraft Surface FinishingCertificate IV in Aircraft Surface FinishingSuperseded
MEA41118 - Certificate IV in Aeronautical Life Support EquipmentCertificate IV in Aeronautical Life Support EquipmentSuperseded
MEA41018 - Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Mechatronics)Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Mechatronics)Deleted
MEA50318 - Diploma of Aviation Maintenance Management (Avionics)Diploma of Aviation Maintenance Management (Avionics)Superseded
MEA60315 - Advanced Diploma of Aviation Non-Destructive TestingAdvanced Diploma of Aviation Non-Destructive TestingSuperseded1-2 
MEA60322 - Advanced Diploma of Aviation Non-Destructive TestingAdvanced Diploma of Aviation Non-Destructive TestingCurrent
MEA50518 - Diploma of Aeroskills (Non-Destructive Testing)Diploma of Aeroskills (Non-Destructive Testing)Superseded
MEA50315 - Diploma of Aviation Maintenance Management (Avionics)Diploma of Aviation Maintenance Management (Avionics)Superseded
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Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 061301 Occupational Health And Safety  

Classification history

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ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 061301 Occupational Health And Safety  14/May/2015 
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Unit of competency

Modification History

Release 1 - New unit of competency

Application

This unit of competency requires application of work health and safety (WHS) Acts, regulations, codes of practice and enterprise WHS procedures during the supervision of all aviation maintenance activities performed on aircraft and in workshops. It is to be applied in combination with all other units of competency in the Diploma of Aeroskills and the Diploma of Aviation Maintenance Management that relate to the supervision of aviation maintenance activities. It also applies to Certificate IV training pathways that lead to supervisory employment.

The unit is part of all training pathways at Diploma level, and at Certificate IV level where the training pathway leads to the responsibility for maintenance supervision.

The unit is used in workplaces that operate under the airworthiness regulatory systems of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

Pre-requisite Unit

Competency Field

Supervision of aviation maintenance

Unit Sector

Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1.

Provide information to the work group about WHS and the organisation’s WHS policies, procedures and programs

1.1

Relevant provisions of WHS legislation and codes of practice are accurately and clearly explained to the work group

1.2

Information on the organisation’s WHS policies, procedures and programs is provided in a readily accessible manner and is accurately and clearly explained to the work group

1.3

Information about identified hazards and the outcomes of risk assessment and risk control procedures is regularly provided and is accurately and clearly explained to the work group

2.

Implement and monitor participative arrangements for the management of WHS

2.1

Organisational procedures for consultation over WHS issues are implemented and monitored to ensure that all members of the work group have the opportunity to contribute

2.2

Issues raised through consultation are dealt with and resolved promptly or referred to the appropriate personnel for resolution in accordance with workplace procedures for issue resolution

2.3

The outcomes of consultation over WHS issues are promptly made known to the work group

3.

Implement and monitor the organisation’s procedures for identifying hazards and assessing risks

3.1

Existing and potential hazards in the work areas are identified and reported so that risk assessment and risk control procedures can be applied

4.

Implement and monitor the organisation’s procedures for dealing with risk

4.1

Work procedures to control risks are implemented and adherence to them by the work group is monitored in accordance with workplace procedures

4.2

Existing risk control measures are monitored and results reported regularly in accordance with workplace procedures

4.3

Inadequacies in existing risk control measures are identified in accordance with the hierarchy of control and reported to designated personnel

4.4

Inadequacies in resource allocation for implementation of risk control measures are identified and reported to designated personnel

5.

Implement the organisation’s procedures for dealing with hazardous events

5.1

Workplace procedures for dealing with hazardous events are implemented whenever necessary to ensure that prompt control action is taken

5.2

Hazardous events are investigated to identify their cause in accordance with investigation procedures

5.3

Control measures to prevent recurrence and minimise risks of hazardous events are implemented based on the hierarchy of control if within scope of responsibilities and competencies or alternatively referred to designated personnel for implementation

6.

Implement and monitor the organisation’s procedures for providing WHS training

6.1

WHS training needs are identified accurately, specifying gaps between WHS competencies required and those held by work group members

6.2

Arrangements are made for fulfilling identified WHS training needs in both on and off-the-job training programs in consultation with relevant parties

7.

Implement and monitor the organisation’s procedures for maintaining WHS records

7.1

WHS records for work area are accurately and legibly completed in accordance with workplace requirements for WHS records and legal requirements for the maintenance of records of occupational injury and disease

7.2

Aggregate information from the area’s WHS records is used to identify hazards and monitor risk control procedures within work area according to organisational procedures and within scope of responsibilities and competencies

Foundation Skills

Foundation skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit of competency.

Range of Conditions

This field allows for different work environments and conditions that may affect performance. Essential operating conditions that may be present (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) are included.

WHS legislation and codes of practice include: 

  • State/Territory/Commonwealth WHS Acts, regulations and codes of practice, including general duty of care under WHS legislation and common law
  • Relevant defence instructions
  • Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASRs)
  • Requirements for the maintenance and confidentiality of records of occupational injury and disease
  • Provisions relating to health and safety representatives and/or WHS committees
  • Provisions relating to WHS issue resolution

The organisation’s WHS policies, procedures and programs are included in: 

  • Safety manuals
  • Maintenance organisation manual
  • Standing instructions
  • Procedures manuals
  • Work instructions

Information is provided: 

  • For the induction of new maintenance personnel
  • About the nature of work, tasks and procedures
  • To assist in work tasks
  • As part of providing direct supervision
  • To communicate organisational safety requirements and procedures
  • For consultation with health and safety representatives and WHS committees

Consultation over WHS issues includes: 

  • Formal and informal meetings which include WHS
  • WHS committees
  • Other committees, such as consultative, planning and purchasing
  • Health and safety representatives
  • Suggestions, requests, reports and concerns put forward by employees to management

Assessment of existing and potential hazards and risk includes: 

  • Audits
  • Workplace inspections
  • Housekeeping
  • Checking work area and/or equipment before and during work
  • Job and work system assessment
  • Reviews of WHS records, including registers of hazardous substances, dangerous goods, and so on
  • Maintenance of plant and equipment
  • Provision of supplies and equipment, e.g. review of material safety data sheets (MSDS) and manufacturer/supplier information
  • Identifying employee concerns

Risk control procedures include: 

  • Measures to remove the cause of a risk at its source
  • Application of the hierarchy of control:
  • elimination of risk
  • engineering controls
  • administrative controls
  • personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Consultation with maintenance personnel and their representatives

Procedures for dealing with hazardous events include: 

  • Evacuation
  • Chemical containment
  • First aid
  • Accident/incident reporting and investigation

Hazardous events include: 

  • Accidents
  • Fires and explosions
  • Emergencies, e.g. fuel or chemical spills
  • Bomb scares
  • Violent incidents

WHS training includes: 

  • Induction training
  • Specific hazard training
  • Specific task or equipment training
  • Emergency and evacuation training
  • Training as part of broader programs, such as equipment operation

WHS records include: 

  • WHS audit and inspection reports
  • Health surveillance and workplace environmental monitoring reports
  • Records of instruction and training
  • Manufacturers and suppliers information, including MSDS and dangerous goods storage lists
  • Hazardous substances registers
  • Maintenance and testing reports
  • Workers compensation and rehabilitation records
  • First aid/medical post records

Unit Mapping Information

Release 1 – equivalent to MEA116B Apply work health and safety procedures at supervisor level in aviation maintenance

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=ce216c9c-04d5-4b3b-9bcf-4e81d0950371

 

Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release 1 - New unit of competency

Performance Evidence

Evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy all of the requirements of the elements and performance criteria under the specified conditions of assessment on at least one occasion.

Evidence must be provided that the candidate can apply applicable WHS Acts, regulations and codes to:

  • analyse the entire work environment in the area of responsibility in order to identify hazards, assess risks and judge when intervention to control risks is necessary
  • analyse relevant workplace data, such as incident or environmental monitoring data, to identify hazards, assess risks and evaluate the effectiveness of risk control measures
  • assess the resources needed to apply different risk control measures and make recommendations to management on that basis.

The demonstrated ability to apply the elements and performance criteria of this unit of competency in conjunction with other units relating to the supervision of aviation maintenance activities is critical.

Knowledge Evidence

Evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy all of the requirements of the elements and performance criteria and include knowledge of:

  • the provisions of WHS Acts, regulations and codes of practice relevant to the workplace, including legal responsibilities of employers, employees and other parties with legal responsibilities
  • principles and practices of effective WHS management
  • hazard identification and control in the workplace
  • organisational WHS management systems, policies and procedures that support organisational compliance with legal requirements
  • the impact on WHS management of workforce characteristics and composition
  • the relevance of WHS management to other organisational systems, policies and procedures.

Assessment Conditions

  • This unit may be assessed through a combination of workplace (or a realistic simulation) and off-the-job assessment. The context of assessment should ensure that evidence relating to the contingency management component of competency can be collected. Evidence must include observation in the workplace as well as off-the-job techniques, such as interviews and simulations. Conditions for simulations should accurately simulate the range of circumstances (especially with regard to a realistic range of emergencies and hazardous events) that the individual could be expected to deal with in the workplace and allow for discussion. The individual must be given access to:
  • relevant WHS Acts, regulations and codes of practice
  • enterprise WHS policies and procedures
  • personal protective equipment
  • relevant work areas for identification of hazards and control measures.
  • Assessors must satisfy the requirements of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator (Australian Skills Quality Authority, or its successors).The assessor should also have recognised expertise in managing WHS in an aviation maintenance environment or work in an assessment team with such a person.

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=ce216c9c-04d5-4b3b-9bcf-4e81d0950371